D.C. Council Approves Extension of Lottery Contract

D.C. will continue to partner with Intralot

The D.C. Council approved a five-year, $38 million contract extension Monday for the partnership that runs the district lottery.

The partnership between Greek gaming giant Intralot and local businessman Emmanuel Bailey won the contract in 2009 after a long and contentious process that led to a federal grand jury investigation.

No charges have been filed, and D.C. officials haven't reported any problems with Intralot's performance.

Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt considered combining the city's numbers-game and instant-ticket contracts, a possibility that angered Intralot, which doesn't print instant tickets.

But DeWitt backed away from that proposal; D.C. still lacks a permanent instant-ticket vendor.

The Council approved the extension by a 12-0 vote, after minimal debate. The contract will run through 2019.

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